It's not all gloom, we must stick by City
PUBLISHED: 14:53 08 September 2007 | UPDATED: 10:32 14 September 2010
The break for international games gives us an early chance to sit back and assess the season so far. A school report would probably state: 'Must try harder.
The break for international games gives us an early chance to sit back and assess the season so far.
A school report would probably state: 'Must try harder. Too many mistakes being made, a total lack of a belief and no killer instinct is costing you dear.'
Unlike the doom and gloom merchants who are already calling in to radio shows and writing to the papers, I believe that things are on the up.
We are a club going through many changes - with a manager still trying to put his stamp on his team.
Any change needs time to work as the pieces of the jigsaw find their place, and let's not forget that we have a manager who is still learning how to be a manager.
But in time, if he can manage a team with as much passion as he shows when he speaks, he will be the next entry into the managers' hall of fame - and not just at Carrow Road.
In Peter Grant's short time in charge, he has had many problems to deal with: players claiming they are too tired to play for their club after playing for their country; injuries too many to count; and a total rebuild of playing staff.
Just when he had the players he wanted to build his squad around, they go behind his back, talk to their agents and walk away.
And, with days before the new season, he lost one of his right-hand men in the same way.
I can't believe some of the remarks we are hearing from some of the fans at a time when we should be standing by the team, cheering them on with belief and hope in our hearts and minds.
Grant has signed many players in the close season. David Marshall, Darel Russell and Jamie Cureton are three players who showed in the way their transfers were handled how much they really want to play for this club.
In Cureton we have last year's top scorer in this league and, given the right service, he will be again this season.
Julien Brellier is a player who can fill a position we have been looking to fill for many seasons, and Jon Otsemobor is a full-back with pace and vision to go forward and scare any team.
So come on - it's not all doom and gloom! Get behind the team and, with the belief from the fans, the players and the staff at Carrow Road, we might see the good times roll once again.
On the Ball, City!